US strongly condemns ballistic missile attack over Riyadh

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Washington | Published: December 20, 2017 11:00:09 AM

The US has strongly condemned a ballistic missile attack over Riyadh which Saudi Arabia claimed was launched from Yemen by Iran-backed Huthi rebels, saying such actions threaten regional security.

saudi arabia, US, riyadh, latest news on saudi arabia, ballistic missile attack in riyadh, Yemen conflict, Huthi rebels, iran, Yemeni government, Yemeni governmentSaudi Arabia, which has been leading a military campaign against the Huthis for the last three years, shot down the ballistic missile over Riyadh yesterday. (Reuters)

The US has strongly condemned a ballistic missile attack over Riyadh which Saudi Arabia claimed was launched from Yemen by Iran-backed Huthi rebels, saying such actions threaten regional security. Saudi Arabia, which has been leading a military campaign against the Huthis for the last three years, shot down the ballistic missile over Riyadh yesterday. Huthi rebels seized the Yemeni capital Sana’a from the globally-recognised government in 2014. “We remain deeply disturbed by aggressive Houthi actions supported by Iran’s provision of advanced weapons, which threaten regional security and prolong the Yemen conflict,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said. The US calls on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to stop arming and enabling the Houthis’ violent actions against Yemen’s neighbours, including Saudi Arabia, she said. Asserting that a political solution is the only way to advance a long-term stability in Yemen and end the suffering of the Yemeni people, the US urged all the parties to immediately cease hostilities, avoid retaliatory measures and return to political negotiations under the auspices of the UN.

The United States also remains deeply concerned by the dire humanitarian conditions in Yemen, Nauert said. “We continue to urge all parties to facilitate the free and unfettered flow of humanitarian aid and commercial goods, including fuel, into and throughout Yemen, including through all of Yemen’s ports, including Hudaydah port and Sana’a airport,” Nauert added.
Saudi Arabia said the missile was fired from Yemen by Iran-backed Huthi rebels, who announced that the target was the official residence of King Salman. Thousands of people have lost their lives since Saudi Arabia and its allies joined the fight launched by Yemeni government against the Huthi rebels in 2015, triggering what the UN has termed as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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